Caleb Heathcote (1666-1721)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 31 1/2 x 26 1/4 in. ( 80 x 66.7 cm )
inscription: on back [written by William Heathcote De Lancey in 1851]: ". . . this Portrait, painted in England, & brought to New York, was taken back to England in 1781 by Mrs. Anne Jones, who left it to my Sister Anne Charlotte (Mrs. John Loudon McAdams
Heathcote, one of the most prosperous and influential leaders of the Colony of New York in the early 18th century, was born in Derbyshire, England, but came to North America in 1692 to establish himself as a merchant. It was as a civil, military, and ecclesiastical leader that he left his mark, however. He was a colonel in the militia, and one of the original vestrymen of the Anglican Church. He held several offices in city and provincial government, including the office of mayor (1711-13).
Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
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